Project information

Improving IT & employability skills in S Africa

To bring IT, social & employment skills to an under-privileged area of South Africa, through regular IT lessons in schools, teacher training, residential study camps & pre-college courses.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: Tyume Valley Schools (TVS)

Tyume Valley Schools (TVS) logo
  • Need

    Need

    - an apartheid era legacy in this old 'homeland' of poor educational provision/infrastructure/teacher training
    - very poor educational outcomes; school certificate passes of 49% against 71% nationally
    - absence of IT teaching/equipment, a problem throughout schools, and especially for those pupils going on to college or employment

    Solution

    - provide IT lessons to over 300 students in a dozen schools
    - provide training to 8 teachers
    - support at least two secondary schools in delivering pre-school cert intensive revision camps
    - deliver a 2 week partly residential study camp for up to 20 students projected to pass their school cert
    - train 4 volunteer assistants to teach IT, life skills, healthy living & employment skills such as writing cv's

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    - embed IT teaching & learning in Tyume Valley schools, in Eastern Cape, South Africa

    Activities

    » - consult parents, schools & students on 2017 programme content
    » - prepare agreed programme & provide appropriate staff training
    » - support local project manager & 1.2 IT training staff to deliver agreed lessons
    » - put in place annual IT student testing

    - delivery of over 360 lessons in 2017
    - year-end test results which show improvement on base-line testing
    - 8 teachers more confident in assisting with lessons


    Aim 2

    - maintain & upgrade IT equipment in schools & in our own resource lab

    Activities

    » - manage regular laptop etc maintenance programme
    » - purchase replacements where necessary
    » - provide one new IT lab in a school without one, or provide infrastructure/training for schools with laptops from elsewhere

    - IT equipment which is up-to-date and fit for purpose


    Aim 3

    - fund and support 2 secondary schools to deliver 6-week pre-school certificate revision camps

    Activities

    » - agree programmes with selected schools, monitor delivery & provide funds

    - maintained or improved school cert results in schools/villages where we work, & especially where we support revision camps (the one school helped this year had a 100% pass rate)


    Aim 4

    - deliver post-school cert 2-week course for up to 20 pupils able to continue to college/employment

    Activities

    » - consult and plan course with students, schools & families
    » - support staff in implementing, monitoring & evaluating course

    - high level of satisfaction among students taking our pre-college course
    - graduates of courses willing to return following year to be volunteers


  • Impact

    Impact

    This project, along with our English & other courses, will continue to address deficiencies in local education provision. It will help to reduce the level of inequality between Tyume Valley students & those from more privileged & better funded areas/schools. We will demonstrate this by showing continued, if small, improved local school certificate results. We will obtain & evaluate feedback from schools, pupils and those students we prepare for college & work.

    Risk

    - our full-time trainer might resign/become unavailable. We are currently training an assistant.
    - our equipment, including cars, laptops etc, might be stolen or damaged. We keep sufficient funds in hand to address this.
    - currency fluctuations. We keep a careful balance of funds in both South Africa & the UK.

    Reporting

    We provide quarterly newsletters to all individual supporters & donors. We provide regular reports to trusts which provide funds. We regularly update our web-site.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £18,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,100 IT staff costs of 1.2 IT trainers delivering weekly lessons in schools
      £2,300 IT equipment cost of IT maintenance/replacement
      £3,000 Project management contribution towards project manager costs
      £2,200 Expenses car maintenance & staff & course expenses
      £3,400 Residential course costs contribution to in-school revision camps & cost of pre-college course at outward bound centre et
  • Background

    Location

    Tyume Valley is a very poor area in an old 'homeland' of Eastern Cape. It has a 50% unemployment rate, & 61% are estimated to be illiterate. Infrastructure is poor with no tarred roads in the villages, no wi-fi & intermittent water & electricity. Housing & school buildings are very basic. There is no free health care except for certain infectious/chronic diseases. 11% are believed to have HIV with 30% of the population affected, ie mostly children & grandparents.

    Beneficiaries

    Over time most of the 35 small schools in the area benefit from our input. During our 2017 IT project, 300 pupils, 20 schools leavers, 8 teachers, up to 40 pre-school cert students taking part in in-school revision camps & up to 20 in our own post school cert camp for students going on to college/work will benefit directly from our project. More broadly many other students & communities will benefit from more modern teaching methods in schools & additional skills/income in villages.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully delivered a wide range of educational, sporting & cultural programmes in TV for the past 12 years. In schools & villages where we work there have in recent years been demonstrable benefits in improved school cert pass rates, either in %ages of those passing, or in overall numbers succeeding (ie when more children sit the exam). Last year the one school we helped with a revision camp had the only 100% pass rate in the wider Fort Beaufort education district.

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    People

    Vicky Riley

    Vicky is our project manager in TV, overseeing all our programmes. She is a skilled & determined organiser with a successful 3-year track record.

    Vuyokazi Tomi

    She has been our very competent chief IT trainer for the past 6 yrs. We are currently helping her through a distance-learning teacher training course

    Tyume Valley Schools Committee

    The committee members have an exceptional range of teaching/education mgt/academic experience & visit TV regularly to oversee programmes.